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Sail with the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

Alissa Rosenstein - Friday, August 26, 2016
Sail with the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

The Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships (a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley) that made four round trip crossings of the Atlantic during the colonial era. A full-scale replica of “The Queen of the Tall Ship” fleet is currently docked at the Lewes terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, located at 43 Cape Henlopen Drive in Lewes, through Monday, September 5.

The present-day Kalmar Nyckel serves as floating classroom and inspirational centerpiece for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s award-winning educational programs, engaging students of all ages and stimulating them to learn more about Delaware’s rich maritime and colonial history. The ship takes passengers on day sails, pirate sails, tours and charter trips. 

On day sails passengers can work alongside volunteer crew as they haul the lines, raise the sails, and learn first-hand just how hard it was to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century. Passengers may choose to bring along a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and just enjoy the sights and sounds of a relaxing 21st century sail while the crew does all the work.

Walk the plank on a festive pirate sail and join the captain and crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Enjoy a pirate story, partake in a scavenger hunt (complete with a treasure at the end), and help raise the Jolly Roger. Tickets are $60 for adults and $40 for ages 17 and younger.

Even if you don’t go for a sail, stop by and see the ship up close and personal. It’s quite an impressive sight with its ornate detailing and tall sails. Dockside tours are available for a nominal fee.

For more information or to book a sail visit or call 302-429-7447.

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